COVID-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 5-11 Years Old

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to include children 5-11 years. Now anyone over the age of 5 years is eligible to receive Pfizer vaccine. Moderna and J&J vaccine remain available for people age 18 years and older. This is a major step forward in protecting our younger population against COVID-19, bringing us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending this pandemic.

The FDA has allowed science to guide their evaluation process and assures us that the available data meets rigorous standards.

For children age 5-11, they will receive two doses of vaccine a minimum of 21 days apart. Though the dose for this age group is smaller than the dose used in people age 12 and above, it was shown to produce a significant antibody response.

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

Per CDC guidance, certain people are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot.

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What vaccine did you receive first? Who is eligible for the booster? When can you get a booster? Which booster can you get?

Johnson & Johnson (J&J)

  • 18 years+
  • 2 months after your initial J&J dose
  • J&J
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer

Moderna

  • 6 months after your 2nd dose
  • J&J
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer

Pfizer

  • 6 months after your 2nd dose
  • J&J
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer

These recommendations are in addition to the CDC/FDA’s previous recommendation that individuals with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Immunocompromised patients are eligible for a 3rd dose of Pfizer or Moderna at least 28 days after a 2nd vaccine dose. Those who received J&J are eligible for a 2nd dose at least 28 days after their 1st vaccine dose.

Vaccine Appointments

COVID-19 vaccines are available for established COPC patients and those who received COVID-19 vaccines from COPC earlier in the year. Appointments are required and are available according to FDA and CDC guidelines. Please click below to schedule an appointment at our vaccine clinic is Westerville.

Our Pediatric Pfizer appointments are currently full. Please check back as additional appointments will be available in the future.

Schedule at 955 County Line Road WEST


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Some of our COPC sites now have vaccines available in the office. If our centralized vaccine clinic in Westerville doesn’t work for you, call your provider's office about their availability.

Local pharmacies, grocery stores, and health departments are also an option. Click here to find additional vaccination options in your community that may be more convenient for you.

Vaccine Availability

Many of our COPC practices have vaccines available in the office. Call your provider’s office about their availability.

Local pharmacies, grocery stores, and health departments are also an option. Click here to find additional vaccination options in your community that may be more convenient for you.

Did You Lose Your COVID-19 Vaccine Card?

If you received your COVID-19 vaccine at COPC AND lost your vaccine card, follow the instructions below.

If you see a COPC doctor and have access to the patient portal, you can access your immunization record on your own! Click here to log into the patient portal via web or go to the Healow app on your mobile phone. Go to My Records Immunizations.

If you do not see a COPC doctor OR do not have access to the patient portal, call our Medical Records department at (614) 326-2672, Option 3 to request a copy of your COVID-19 immunization record.


Overview

What to expect from the COVID-19 vaccine

The newly FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine is ready to be safely and effectively distributed. But with this announcement comes many questions: Is the vaccine safe? Who gets it first? What do I need to know about this vaccine? COPC is here to help you find answers.


Answers to Common Questions

What is this "new" mRNA vaccine and is it safe?

  • mRNA vaccines are new but not unknown. Researchers have studied them extensively for decades, meaning this process can be standardized and scaled up. This makes vaccine development faster than traditional methods.
  • Despite the fact that the COVID-19 virus and vaccines are new, the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine are the priority. Due to the severity and lethality of COVID-19, getting the vaccine is a safer choice.
  • mRNA vaccines do not contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. Meaning they cannot give you the virus and they do not alter or interact with DNA in any way.
  • To learn more here about the unknown, long-term, serious side effects of mRNA vaccines, click here.

If I get vaccinated, will it give me COVID-19?

After receiving the vaccine you may experience some mild side effects. These side effects are not the same as having the actual virus.

The most common side effects include fatigue, headache, soreness or redness at the injection site, and muscle or joint pain. These should not prevent you from getting a vaccine that can prevent you from catching or spreading this deadly virus.

How, if at all, will the vaccine be beneficial to myself and others?

By becoming vaccinated, you will be protected from illness which could impact your ability to do your daily activities. It also protects you from severe illness which could lead to hospitalization or even death.

The vaccine will also help you protect everyone in the community, including those who are at higher risk of complications. This will allow us to eventually resume “normal” life - including opening restaurants, movie theaters, and other public gathering places.

What precautions should I take after getting vaccinated?

Continuing to wear masks and social distance will reduce your chance of being exposed to or spreading the virus. Proper prevention measures coupled with the vaccine will provide the best protection from COVID-19.

What are COPC's goals?

We have two clear goals: To save lives and slow the spread of the virus. We are committed to providing you with the most up-to-date COVID-19 information and will continue to do so.

Where can I find additional information and FAQ's

For more information and FAQ’s from the Ohio Department of Health, click here.